ARNA BONTEMPS. A Summer Tragedy. [ “Jennie,” he called. “What’s that, Jeff?” His wife’s shrunken voice came out of the adjoining room like an echo. A Summer Tragedy. Bontemps, Arna. Primary Category: Literature / Primary Source. The Old South: “A Summer Tragedy” and Other Stories of the Thirties. The story, ‘A Summer of Tragedy’ was written in by Arna Bontemps. It was written at a time of great economic depression and.

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Vivid, deeply moving and sad. The movement was nearly as swift and direct as a fall.

Katherine Almonte bontempss it as to-read Jul 17, The description of her physical habitus might be construed as the equivalent of the arn frailty syndrome. The least it could do would be to leave him helpless. The little car leaped furiously down the steep incline toward the water. The feeling would just come over him like a chill Emma added it Nov 09, We, the aging baby boomers, can relate to this story in one way or another, I think.

Sad yet well-told short story that has left strong images in my mind. No trivia or quizzes yet. Mathilde rated it it was amazing Apr 04, Contributions to Clinical Practice.

“A Summer Tragedy”: A Geriatric Case Study

This, too, is graphically demonstrated in “A Summer Tragedy”. The simple story is gripping as readers discover what this couple is about. Each character compensates for the other’s limitations, but only with difficulty. Alshimaa Mohamed marked it as to-read Jan 08, He was terrified by the least unfamiliar sound at night. Jeff’s bones cracked, his knee ached, and it was only after a half dozen attempts that Jennie worked a semblance of a bow into the tie They have outlived their five children, their ability to work their farm, and very nearly their capacity to care for themselves and one another.

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Jaclyn Capes added it Feb 13, Medical educators and practicing physicians can exploit this overlap by teaching and studying literature from a clinical point of view. So, he practically shoved the photocopy of this story to me and told me to read it right away.

Open Preview See a Problem? Mar 29, K. This affords the student an opportunity to observe illustrations of disease and disability and develop a broadened perspective regarding human suffering. Bontemps was African-American, the son of a brick mason and a schoolteacher, educated trwgedy California and New York.

A Summer Tragedy

He was reluctant to venture far from home in the daytime. Joseph Budgett marked it as to-read Aug 22, Physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia in Washington State.

These hung an inch or two above the tops of her heavy unlaced shoes and showed little grotesque piles where the stockings had fallen down from her negligible legs By permission of Harold Ober Associates Incorporated. We can die anytime. Their story, told from a perspective almost a century bontekps, mirrors modern-day concerns. Abdolla Salah marked it as to-read Nov 28, Natalia Krivitska rated it it was ok Aug 17, Old Jeff Patton, the black share farmer, fumbled with his bow tie.

Author information Copyright and License information Disclaimer. Steve added it Mar 15, They dress for the occasion in moth-eaten clothes reserved only for grand events. Mar 14, Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly rated it it was amazing.

His fingers trembled and the high, stiff collar pinched his throat. A fellow loses his hand for such vanities after thirty or forty years of simple life.


The fear of becoming a burden, the reality of experiencing uncontrolled symptoms, and the inability to live and die with dignity may conspire to create a situation that causes some elders and chronically ill patients to view suicide as their best solution. Another one might kill him. Lists with This Book.

Sara added it Nov 15, Unlike the writer, who may complete relatively few literary works in a lifetime, the clinician may be deeply involved in several life-changing events each day and with real-time urgency. He had not worn his stiff-bosomed shirt more than a dozen times in all his married life. Today they will put on their finest clothes and then, drive down the dirt road past their neighbors toward a cliff–and death.

A Summer Tragedy

The two old black folks, sitting quietly side by side, showed no excitement. J Gen Intern Med. Despite his lack of a background in medicine and at a time when medical care was quite primitive, he rendered a remarkably contemporary image of a poor, isolated, elderly couple with accumulating disabilities and growing fears about their future.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Summary The short story considers the final afternoon in the lives of Jeff and Jennie Patton, a frail elderly couple, who have spent their lives as poor sharecroppers, barely able to make ends meet for themselves and their children. Jeff’s problem list is equally recognizable.